Hu: do more good things for China-Japan friendship
( 2004-01-14 22:11) (Xinhua)
Chinese President Hu Jintao
told former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone Wednesday that leaders of
both countries should do more things good for the friendship between the people
of the two countries, and never do anything not good.
Hu made the remarks during a meeting with the former Japanese prime minister,
now honorary chairman of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF), and heads
of delegations attending the 12th annual session of the APPF that wrapped up
Hu stressed that as a new era begins, leaders of China and Japan should push
forward bilateral relations from the viewpoint of safeguarding the fundamental
interest of people of the two countries and promoting regional and world peace,
stability and development.
On the historical issues relating the political basis for China- Japan
relations, Hu said, the two sides should keep in mind the concept of taking
history as a mirror and looking into the future.
"Anything good for the friendship between our two peoples, we should do
more," Hu said. "Anything not good for the friendship, we should never do."
On the relations between Japan and China, Nakasone said the majority of the
Japanese nationals have friendly feelings towards China and hope Japan and China
can keep a friendly relationship. He said he hopes the two sides can take the
broad situation into consideration and properly handle the obstacles in
On the issue of Taiwan, Nakasone said the Taiwan authorities should not seek
"independence", nor should they seek entry into the United Nations. Dialogue
should be restored and the "Three Direct Exchanges", namely direct exchanges of
mail service, trade, air and shipping services across the Taiwan Straits, should